Two and a half acres at Bragg and Nash streets, adjacent to O.T. Sloan Park, have been purchased by Lee County for $500,000. The land will be part of an expansion of features at the park.

An overhaul of four of Lee County’s parks facilities will include a physical expansion of O.T. Sloan after the Board of Commissioners recently purchased nearly two and a half acres of land at Bragg and Nash streets.

The board voted unanimously on May 19 to exercise an option to purchase the 2.46 acre property from Thomas Harrington for $500,000.

The park, which is already home to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Carolina, as well as a seasonal swimming pool, a disc golf course, and more, has also recently seen the addition of a dedicated tee ball complex consisting of four fields.

An interactive concept map of the expansion can be seen here, although it has changed some already due to various factors. Residents can expect to see an indoor recreation facility for activities like basketball and volleyball at the intersection of Bragg and Nash streets. The expansion will also include a retractable structure around the existing pool, pickleball courts, walking trails and areas for BMX biking and skateboarding, and a realignment of the disc golf course.

Lee County Manager John Crumpton said the county has been interested in the property for at least a decade.

The expansion of features at the park is part of a $1.8 million overhaul of county facilities at O.T. Sloan, Temple Park, Horton Park, and Kiwanis Children’s Park. Click here for a full overview of the changes to the parks (some of the features in this plan have changed but not yet been updated in the linked document).